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Everybody is feeling the stress as a parent in one way or another right now. As a parent, we can feel the stress in every area of our life. As the ongoing situation can cause tension in the household, now is the perfect opportunity to incorporate some stress-reduction tactics into our lives. We have to remember that it’s not just about reducing stress symptoms, but it’s about making stress reduction and active daily practice. What are the best ways we can learn to be a calm and stress-free parent?

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Look at Your Stress Triggers

You may very well know what your stress triggers are, but consider it a lesson that you need to allow more time for decompression during the course of your day. It’s worth mentioning because if you do not have the time to relax or find little moments to power down, you will feel the stress build-up on you much like the pile of washing. And this is where finding the right things for you can help. Some people have experienced the benefits of CBD gummies because it takes the edge of much better than a bottle of red wine! But when you start to recognise your triggers, you can nip the problems in the bud.

Reframe Your Attitude to the Situation

When you feel stressed about something, you need to ask yourself, “why do I feel stressed?” You need to ask yourself if what is triggering you actually matters. Will it matter a week from now? If not, it’s about learning to let it go. When you start to reframe your attitude to a specific situation, it gives you perspective. Because if your child makes a mess, is it really the end of the world? It can be frustrating. But you have to remember that problems can be solved. Once you change your attitude to a situation, it will stop you from reacting to it in a certain way. If you are prone to stress and raising your voice, you have to remember if what you are reacting to is actually worth being upset over. It’s simple, but it’s worth thinking about.

Manage Your Expectations of Their Behaviour

It can be so easy to forget that sometimes we expect more of our children. If our children are under the age of 5 and we expect them to do things that are more like to a teenager, maybe we’re asking too much of them. It’s so easy to forget that we expect them to behave in a certain way, but this is because we have been learning how to alter our behaviour as we grow older. Stepping back and remembering that sometimes they are children can give you a whole new lease of perspective on the situation. It can prove to be an eye-opener. And yes, it can be frustrating when we are trying to get something done, and they are under our feet, but this is why it is so important sometimes to remember that, actually they are children, and they want to play.

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4 Comments

    1. I think you need the patience of a saint to bring up kids! hahaha. It isn’t easy and as much as you love them there will be many days when you will be glad they are in bed! Thank you, Della.

  1. This is a wonderful and timely post! Being at home all day with a 4 year old has been extremely stressful for me. Reframing my attitude to the situation is brilliant advice. So often I allow myself to get worked up over something and I end up making a mountain out of a mole hill. If I can learn to stop and ask myself if it really matters ahead of time, then I think my life will be much more calm. Thank you for sharing!

    1. It is had at the moment. I am sure you are doing a great job, but you probably feel exhausted once your little one is in bed! I have a teenager and that is no picnic with homeschooling. Keeping taking deep breaths, you are amazing! 🙂

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